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Sick Call Gives Steury $1.5k H.O.R.S.E. Win
Aaron Steury made the call of his poker career to win the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event for $289k last night.
The impressive play occurred in a round of Hold’em when the 24-year-old was three-handed against fellow poker pros Adam Friedman and Michael Chow.
Steury was facing a massive bet from Friedman on the river of a T♥ 6♦ 5♠ K♥ 2♠ board. He only had Q♣ J♣ for queen-high in his hand but for some reason he hesitated to fold.
After thinking for a moment he made the call and a stunned Friedman could only muster 9♥ 7♥ for a busted draw. It ended up being the defining hand of the tournament and all but guaranteed Stuery his first WSOP bracelet.
“I checked with the intention of folding on the river but he tanked forever and he started talking and saying that it was super thin and he didn’t know if should bet,” said Steury.
“He’d been telling the truth for most part in previous hands. I thought he was leveling me and I called hoping I was right. I was lucky.”
Stuery then went on to beat Michael Chow heads-up to claim the WSOP bracelet and the adoration of a gathered crowd of railbirds. He was the last man standing out of a total of 963 entrants in the tournament.
It was a momentous occasion for the native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, who, until recently, grinded out a living playing online poker.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “It feels like a lot of hard work has finally paid off.”
In the past H.O.R.S.E. was known primarily as a poker veteran’s game with online players sticking to No-Limit Hold’em. That was not the case at the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. final table as a number of the players were under 30.
Steury explained he had to thank a local Fort Wayne game for his introduction to the poker variant.
“In Fort Wayne there was an underground game where there was a round of Limit and a round of Omaha Hi-Lo and I’ve been playing that game my whole life,” he said. “I picked up the Stud games just playing a little bit of H.O.R.S.E. online.”
Steury is active in the underrated Indiana poker scene and occasionally plays at the local charity casinos in Fort Wayne.
“There are actually quite a few casinos in Indiana that no one seems to know about,” said Steury. “It’s not hard to get to a casino. The best place to play is in Hammond at the Horseshoe.”
Despite his big win, Steury, who dropped out of University to pursue poker, has plans to finish his education at IPFW in Fort Wayne.
Before he heads back to Fort Wayne, however, he’s going to play around nine events at the 2011 WSOP, including the $10,000 Main Event.